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Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale 'would welcome Prem return'

Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale has hopes of returing to the Premier League this season.

That's according to Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero, who believes the Real Madrid outcast would be willing to leave the Bernabeu - but only for a move to the English top-flight.

Montero told Sky Sports, "We have to remember that, in the last nine games in La Liga, Zinedine Zidane only counted on Gareth Bale for one game.

"One year ago, I was in Washington with Zidane, the day he said it's better for him [Bale] to go today, better than tomorrow.

"The truth is there was only one option - China [Jiangsu Suning made an offer for Bale last summer]. He didn't want to go to China.

"He wants to return to the Premier League, but he earns €70m [five-year contract] at Real Madrid.

"There's no club in the world, after a player that has been two seasons without playing more or less, who can pay for that. It's a lot of money.

"So, I think it's going to be a tricky situation but I am afraid he's going to stay at Real Madrid."

Bale, who is contracted until 2022, has won the Champions League four times since joining Real from Tottenham in an £85.3million deal seven years ago.

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